Product Type: Amazon Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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My little pocket library!
Amazon Kindle 4
Member Name: 2012Saver
Amazon Kindle 4
Advantages: Long battery life, a huge choice of books, easy to hold, easy on the eyes
Disadvantages: Cannot download books when out and about - needs wifi
I was bought the Amazon Kindle 4 as a birthday gift last year. At the time I was not sure whether I would use it often enough to really appreciate it, however after owning it for nearly a year I can happily say that I love my Kindle and it is one of the best presents I have ever received.
When I first opened my Kindle, I didn't bother much with the instruction manual, but thought I would just turn it on and see how I got on. The Kindle was really easy to set up. I simply connected it to my home wifi, entered my Amazon account sign in details and I was ready to download books. Located on the Kindle itself is also a user manual, this is handy if you need help figuring the Kindle out but don't have the instruction manual close to hand.
To search for a book you simply use the buttons on your Kindle to browse the Kindle store. You can search by author or title, or you can browse by category/genre. This Kindle does not have a keyboard, but rather the keyboard appears on screen and you use the arrow buttons to select a letter. This can take a little bit of time, but as you start to type an authors name it will bring up suggestions and you can scroll down and pick the right one. I usually only end up typing the first 2-3 letters of the authors name before it pops up.
The Kindle store has almost 1.5million books to choose from, and many of these are free. There is also a daily 'Deal of the Day' which will be a selected book that is reduced for the day. As well as connecting your Kindle to wifi and downloading books this way, you can do it via Amazon.com, and the books will download to your Kindle the next time it is switched on. When you visit the Kindle store homepage it also displays 'suggestions for you' which will be books that cleverly Amazon is recommending for you. These may be books by an author you have purchased a couple of books by, or an author that is similar to one you like.
On your Kindle when you select one of your books to read it will take you back to the last page you were reading which is useful. No more lost bookmarks! You can sort the books on your Kindle into categories e.g. genre, or books for going on holiday.
The Kindle is really easy to hold. It is lightweight and has buttons on either side to turn a page forward or a page back, meaning you can hold the Kindle in one hand and quickly turn a page using the same hand.
The Kindle screen is 'magnetic ink'. It is not backlit, which is unfortunate meaning you need a light to read in the dark, but I think this is an advantage because it means it does not cause any strain on the eyes. I find that my Kindle is really easy on my eyes, and even when reading it in bright sunlight e.g. on holiday there is no sunlight glare.
The Kindle has an excellent battery life, I recently went on holiday for a week and read it for at least 2 hours a day lying by the pool and it did not need charged. With general use of around half an hour a day by Kindle usually lasts me about 2-3 weeks before needing charged.
As you can probably tell from this review, I really love my Kindle and prefer it to actual books. I definitely think I have got my moneys worth from it and would recommend it to anyone who loves to read!
Thanks for reading and I hope you have enjoyed my review.
Summary: A must have for book lovers
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